Artist Residency

Every month, painting sales above my $1000 USD expenses go towards opening the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change where artists work on projects that intend to change the world. The property will be bequeathed to an arts group yet to be named.

Almost every day since 2016, I’ve been posting a $100 USD painting (11 X 14″) for sale on my regular FaceBook page. In September, 2020 I added a 16 x 20″ size ($600 USD).

Over $200,000 USD has been set aside from painting sales, which, when combined with my savings, puts the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change on track to open in the summer of 2021.

I’ve looked at a few places in person, had two accepted offers, but at the low end of the market there are so many ways to go wrong. To give a sense of what I’m planning to purchase, here are some of the listings I’ve looked at in the past couple of years of searching, painting, adding to the funds, while waiting for various lights to turn green.

SOLD The two-house property listed for around $300,000 USD on Texada Island, BC, would been excellent for the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change. Both buildings have metal roofs and wood stoves. Drawbacks are septic tank as opposed to municipal sewer, distance from airport and hospital, and internet service. In this case, I’d take the small house and visiting artists would be in the larger, newer house (top).

I had an accepted offer on this 2-bedroom, art deco house on a main street (gallery potential) in the interior of BC in March, 2020 where the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change could have been added as a laneway house. Prior to a securing building inspection, I saw old photos with plants growing under the house which, with additional poking around, took me to an article about a rising groundwater issue in this flood-prone river town. I later learned that the river had at one time flowed right down that main street.

Flood and forest fire potential are two of my priorities.

SOLD This two-house property listed for around $400,000 USD on Pender Island, BC, would been excellent for the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change, but it was beyond my reach in the summer of 2019. Drawbacks are septic tank as opposed to municipal sewer, distance from grocery store and post office, but this could have been great. Close to secluded beaches and hiking trails.

SOLD This house on Gabriola Island with a gallery/studio for the visiting artist to use in conjunction with a second bathroom, bedroom and potential for kitchen on the lower level of the house was way beyond my means in the summer of 2019, but if it came back on the market now, I could buy it with a loan of $20,000 USD.

This somewhat too rural property with a guesthouse in the interior was within reach, but not close enough to an airport or hospital (hour and a half). It’s maybe a 20 minute walk to grocery and post office along a road without sidewalk or adequate shoulder. The property is on a slight slope with some potential for erosion towards the river below. Very hot summers. Winters quite a bit too cold.

This house is two ferry-rides and one long, mountainous drive away from Vancouver in a small town on a small island with a very small population. I was seriously considering this place until someone mentioned that it was likely a mobile home with a second suite under it. I do as much gathering of information as possible before heading off to look at places.

Basically looking on the southwest coast of BC for a place with two separate living situations, ideally in two buildings close to a hospital (15 minutes) within an hour of an airport. Walking distance to good grocery store and post office. Preference for metal roof, wood stove or fireplace, municipal water and sewer.

VIDEO: My outline for the Free Artist Residency circa 2018 when I envisioned hosting five or more people at the same time. With recent developments worldwide affecting travel and how we share space, I’m now focusing on fewer artists in residence at one time with completely separate accommodation and workspaces.

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